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Old 10-11-2007, 07:18 AM   #21
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Old 10-11-2007, 07:59 AM   #22
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Old 12-19-2007, 12:35 PM   #23
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well im 20 and have never ridden a bike in my life.. closest thing to it was a yamaha raptor.. but im wanting to learn, bc i am really interested in joining a circuit.. whether it be a moto mx or moto gp.. but im really wanting to do moto qp type stuff.. now there are some dirt bike classes or a beginner class for sports bikes.. what would be the best course for a newbie like me??
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Old 12-19-2007, 01:08 PM   #24
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You want to race? First thing to do is learn to ride. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation is likely the best place for you to start (assuming you're in the US.) After that, you can start asking about more extensive training.

Most of the people on the motoGP circuit have been riding and competing since they were ten years old, so you'll have a hard row to get their experience and skill. This isn't to mean you shouldn't try, but keep your expectations realistic.
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Old 12-19-2007, 01:27 PM   #25
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I've seen several times where the roadracers say that dirt riding really helps them on asphalt.

Some that come to mind are the Boz boys and the Hayden crowd.

So, if you're serious about starting a "career" in riding, I'd say you should hit the dirt first.

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If you are 20 and haven't even ridden, racing well at even a novice level is a loooooooooong way off. It's called learning to walk before you can run. Like Sachi said, take an MSF course and learn on a beginners bike. Everyone wants to ride, but fall off and hurt yourself(and this WILL happen) and then see how revved up you still are about doing this.
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Old 12-20-2007, 07:43 AM   #27
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well thats what got me interested.. the team Hayden.. and i know i got to walk first before i run.. i was just saying that was my goal.. but im going to take the MSF classes then hit the dirt.. thnx guys you were a big help..
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Good show! Plenty of dirt out there in Texas, too.

Come on back and let us know how you get on, ok?
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Good show! Plenty of dirt out there in Texas, too.

Come on back and let us know how you get on, ok?

Or maybe how you got off??
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Old 12-20-2007, 01:58 PM   #30
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well im 20 and have never ridden a bike in my life.. closest thing to it was a yamaha raptor.. but im wanting to learn, bc i am really interested in joining a circuit.. whether it be a moto mx or moto gp.. but im really wanting to do moto qp type stuff.. now there are some dirt bike classes or a beginner class for sports bikes.. what would be the best course for a newbie like me??
If you want to race you can. I went from no motorcycle license to racing in 6 months. (Though I had ridden dirt bikes my whole life.)

1. Take the MSF - when you take it push yourself as much as you can, do their tests at as high a speed as possible it's a parking lot and it's a good place to push it. (Just be sure to pass when it comes to the test)

2. Buy a Ninja 250 or EX500 they're good beginner bikes and you can race either of them as well.

3. Take your bike to the parking lot and get to know your bike, do stopies / lock the front tire. Lock the rear, do some fast figure 8's etc.

4. Spend a few months getting comfortable ride some twisty roads with as little traffic as possible. Ride VERY carefully the idea isn't to get fast in the canyons just to get comfortable with the bike.

5. Do a track day. Start slow and careful be smooth and then push yourself more and more each session. When you get to the last session you have nothing to loose. Go out in your last session and ride like your balls are on fire (stay smooth though) If your crash in the last session you found the limit.

After a couple tack days go to your local race org and take their New Racer School and start racing! For southern CA I recommend WSMC.

Yes you will probably never go pro, let alone to motoGP however that doesn't mean you can't race a GP bike!

I race a RS 125 honda GP bike, it's quite cheap to race. One of the biggest racing expenses is tires but the lighter the bike the longer the tires last. I average about $400 / race weekend costs. That's gas to get to the track occasional hotel, entry fee, gas for the bike, tires, pistons etc. I track all my costs.

A EX500 or ninja 250 will probably be a bit cheaper to race but quite a bit slower than a 125 GP bike, mine is making 42 rwhpr and weighs 156lbs wet. Top speed is about 145.

Good Luck.
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